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State Dept. approves $1.2B sale of helicopters, missiles to Mexico

State Dept. approves $1.2B sale of helicopters, missiles to Mexico

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April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Mexico for MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters, and missiles, radars and machine guns to go with them.The deal, announced Friday by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, is worth $ 1.2 billion and requires Congressional approval before the contract is finalized. Members of Congress were notified of the potential foreign military sale last week.DSCA says the Government of Mexico requested the purchase of eight MH-60R Seahawk multi-mission helicopters, equipped with specific mechanical specifications and on-board technology systems designed for advanced targeting and night operations.Moreover, Mexico requested 10 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, five AGM-114 M36-E9 Captive Air Training miss...
Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

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The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide "online brothel" pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads. Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one cou...
UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

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The UK has conducted a "major offensive cyber-campaign" against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed.The operation hindered the group's ability to co-ordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary's online efforts in a military campaign.Mr Fleming made the remarks in his first public speech as GCHQ director."The outcomes of these operations are wide ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester."In 2017 there were times when Daesh found it almost impossible to spread their hate online, to use their normal channels to spread their rhetoric, or trust their publications."Mr Fleming said the cyber-operations had disrupted the grou...
State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

State Dept. approves $1.3B sale of Howitzers to Saudi Arabia

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April 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia of 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 1.31 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors. Congress was notified of the possible sale on Thursday.The possible foreign military sale would provide Saudi Arabia with "180 155mm M109A5/A6 Medium Self-Propelled Howitzer structures for conversion to 177 M109A6 Paladin Howitzer systems."The M109A6 Paladin Howitzer system is a self-propelled, indirect-fire support weapon operated by a crew of four.The deal also includes three Fire Support Combined Arms Tactical Trainers static training, 180 M2 HB .50 Cal Machine Gun...
InDyne to support Solid State Phased Array Radar System

InDyne to support Solid State Phased Array Radar System

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March 6 (UPI) -- InDyne Inc., was awarded a contract for services in support of the Solid State Phased Array Radar System.The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 417.7 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price contract.The agreement between InDyne Inc. and the U.S. Air Force will provide operation and maintenance services for the Air Force's Solid State Phased Array Radar System. The complex system provides continuous coverage and monitoring of potential missile threats, including space.Specifically, the Pentagon says InDyne will provide for "all non-personal services, administrative, financial, and managerial resources necessary on a continuous 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week basis to support the five Solid State Phased Array Radar System instal...